Events and Programs

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2021 LEWISTON NY EVENT CALENDAR

Organizers are planning all events but may be limited in scope due to pandemic restrictions.  Be sure to check with organizers before you make plans.

  • Aug. 14-15    Art Festival, 716-754-0166
  • Aug. 27-28    Jazz Festival, 716-754-9500
  • Sept. 9-12     Peach Festival, 716-462-7597
  • Sept. 25-26   Harvest & Hops Festival,  716-754-9500
  • Oct. 11          Indigenous Peoples’ Day,  716-754-4214
  • Dec. 4-5        Christmas Walk, 716-754-9500
  • Dec. 19         Tuscarora Heroes Remembrance
  • Marble Orchard Ghost Walk, Saturdays, Sept 19-Oct.31

Artpark events

  • Chamber events calendar
  • Artpark schedule
  • Art Council schedule
  • Wine Trail schedule
  • NACC event calendar
  • Lew-Port School calendar
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    LEWISTON COVID UPDATES

    LIST OF RESTAURANTS THAT ARE OPEN
    Click this link for the Lewiston area restaurants that are open for take
    out, delivery or curbside pick-up:
    https://bit.ly/LewistonTakeOut

    LIST OF BUSINESSES THAT ARE OPEN
    Click this link for the Lewiston businesses that are open either online,
    phone, email or in-person or by appointment:
    https://bit.ly/LewistonBizOpen

    BUSINESS AND EVENT CANCELLATION LIST
    Here are the current Lewiston area closings and cancellations of
    businesses, organizations, and events:
    https://bit.ly/LewistonClosings

    NIAGARA COUNTY VIRUS CASE MAP BY TOWN AND CITY
    Click here: https://bit.ly/VirusCaseMap

    NIAGARA COUNTY INFO PAGE
    Lewiston legislator, Becky Wydysh, Chairwoman of the Niagara
    County Legislature, reminds everyone they can get the latest
    virus information and updates here:
    https://bit.ly/Covid-info

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    TOPS HOME DELIVERY SERVICE
    Groceries delivered right to your door
    Call 716-215-1350
    https://www.topslewiston.com/home-delivery-service/

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    WELCH FAMILY DISPLAYS 1813 RELIC

    Settlers grabbed silver utensils as they ran for their lives
    https://goo.gl/dkqBk6
    In 1954, Lewiston historian Helen Kimball wrote a small booklet called, A
    Homely Approach to Lewiston, NY. In discussing the British attack on
    Lewiston during the War of 1812, she mentions, “Dr. Alvord, one of the
    village physicians was killed but Dr. Willard Smith escaped down the Ridge
    and aided the Cookes to escape. The Spaulding family had the table all set
    for a meal, they gathered everything up in a tablecloth and ran. One of the
    silver spoons included in the contents of the cloth is now in the
    possession of Ralph Hotchkiss, one of the descendants.” Lewiston resident
    Bob Welch is the grandson of Ralph Hotchkiss. Did Bob have possession of
    the famous spoon? YES! Better yet, Bob has allowed us to photograph it. To
    our knowledge, it is the only relic in existence from that horrific attack.
    The Tuscaroras recused dozens of local residents from a terrible fate that
    day. You can see a photo of the spoon here:

    You’ll notice it is engraved with Rufus Spaulding’s initials. A big thank
    you to Bob and Anne Welch for sharing this important artifact from
    Lewiston’s most important day in history.

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    *** AWESOME VIDEO ***

    See Niagara Falls like you’ve never seen it before — from a
    small drone helicopter. This was posted in July and has been viewed
    more than 1.2 million times! Click here:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=cfoLYTKObiU

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    NO HURRICANES, FOREST FIRES OR MUD SLIDES HERE

    Yes, we have our share of snow, but for the most part, Western New
    York is immune from the kinds of natural disasters that wreak havoc with
    other sections of the country.
    In fact, we live in one of the safest regions — the 4th safest in
    the U.S. You might interested in learning about the Top 10 Safest
    Cities: http://goo.gl/qNkhI1
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    Check out this new video trailer for the Historical Association,
    produced by volunteer board member, Claudia Carnes. Great job,
    Claudia! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FGULRtWiakk
    If you aren’t a member yet, maybe this will convince you!
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    Do you remember Lewiston’s slogan from the 1960s?
    “Progressively proud. Historically endowed.”
    Charles Foss (Jackie Sutherland’s dad) won the slogan contest!
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    NEW TUSCARORA HEROES EDITION RELEASED

    The newly revised sixth edition of the Tuscarora Heroes book has
    been published by the Historical Association of Lewiston and is now
    available at the Lewiston Museum, DiCamillos Bakery in Lewiston, the
    Orange Cat Coffee Co., the Book Corner in Niagara Falls, and the Lewiston Town and Village halls.
    The book, first published in 2010, includes several changes
    including a new cover photo of the monument by photographer Bill
    Carpenter and additional information about the British attack on
    Lewiston in December 1813. Updated information about the identity of
    the “Western Indian” attackers is also provided.
    “We sold out of our supply the night the Tuscarora Heroes Monument
    was unveiled on December 19,” said Lewiston Museum director Pam Hauth. Lee Simonson wrote the book as a volunteer and all proceeds go the Lewiston Museum. Groups or organizations interested in having him speak on the topic are welcomed to contact the Lewiston Museum at 716-754-4214 for arrangements.
    The Tuscarora Heroes was the largest War of 1812 Bicentennial
    monument project in the United States.

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    BATTLE OF QUEENSTON HEIGHTS PHOTOS AND VIDEOS
    Lewiston sets new standard for hospitality within reenactor community Spectacular cannon/fireworks demonstration highlighted weekend

    Rave reviews have been received from across America praising Lewiston and its volunteers for hosting what some reenactors are calling “the best event ever!” Virtually each of the 200 reenactors who visited the event said that they have never received the hospitality and accommodations that Lewiston offered — the most friendly and gracious town they’ve experienced!
    The commemoration of the 200 Anniversary of the first major battle of
    the War of 1812 took place on October 12-14, with venues in both Lewiston and Queenston.
    Here is a compilation of some of the photos and videos you can find
    online that have captured the event.

    Bill Carpenter’s Photographs (more being posted)
    http://www.pbase.com/decarr/battle_of_queenston_heights

    Cannon Bombardment Video
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n8kYCcILSjs

    Friday Education Day with Student Field Trippers
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j1BfyVGG5oE

    Cannon Fire Over the Gorge
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AEn4Ym2eLRY

    A Flash in the Pan
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hn_u8tdWagg

    Sun on the Canvas and Cakes in the Pan
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=orbmnezTtAE

    Barton Hill Gala and Cannon Set Up
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7fz2_otL6hM

    Battle Reenactment on the Canadian Side
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7YNHPtBQwcQ

    Battle Reenactment on Canadian Side (near end of battle)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1snXVVXrnS8

    More Canadian Action and Speeches (in High Def)
    http://vimeo.com/51749843

    U.S. Air Force Flyover of Lewiston (just before bombardment)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i9LB29K2vwA

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    SPECTACULAR FLAMES EVENT CAPTURED IN PHOTOS

    Thank you to all the reenactors, from both sides of the border,
    and Wendt’s Propane for putting on a tremendous show.

    Thousands turned out to this year’s Flames Through Lewiston event
    to enjoy seeing all the action — British redcoats, American soldiers,
    natives, and of course the music, the muskets, and the fires from
    Wendt’s Propane! The weather cooperated and it was a great night
    commemorating Lewiston’s history. This was a 100% volunteer effort
    and we want to thank all the volunteer reenactors and organizers for a
    tremendous and spectacular evening.
    Here are the links to the videos and photographs that were taken that
    night. We thank local professional photographer Bill Carpenter, and his crew, for the great shots. We also thank the video photographers and the press for the great coverage.

    Professional pictures by DeCarr Photography:
    http://www.pbase.com/decarr/flames_through_lewiston-2011

    Buffalo News article with picture:
    http://www.buffalonews.com/incoming/article676804.ece

    Gazette front page article with photos:
    http://tinyurl.com/6q84e3r

    Chris Budde Video
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kVO_F1W_7PI

    JAFERGarazzi Video
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lcSKZ57V4II

    Lewiston Lions Club Video
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sj_UR_AX088

    Still Pictures from Sentinel (click on Flames Through Lewiston)
    http://www.wnypapers.com/image-gallery

    Sentinel Videos on YouTube
    http://bit.ly/A6AVJn
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    MEMBERSHIP TIME
    New Lifetime Member Option – Easy Sign Up on PayPal

    Yes, it’s Historical Association membership time — a wonderful
    opportunity to become a part of Lewiston’s emergence as Western New
    York’s cultural centerpiece.

    Membership Options:
    Individual membership: $25
    Family membership: $40
    Patron membership: $50 same as Family membership
    Business membership: $100
    Lifetime Member, $150 ($250 for family)

    HOW TO RENEW OR BECOME A MEMBER: The easiest way to join is to
    use PayPal online here.
    Otherwise just send a check payable to: Historical Association
    of Lewiston, PO Box 43, Lewiston, New York 14092
    Be sure to include your name, mailing address, email address,
    and phone number. You can also call up 716-754-4214 and charge your
    membership over the phone.
    Either way, you’ll know you’re doing your part in preserving and
    promoting Lewiston’s rich heritage. Thank you!

    Stay tuned for the latest programs and events sponsored
    by the Historical Association of Lewiston, New York